Bill Gates Gets Nigerian National Award For Fight Against Polio
President Goodluck Jonathan has awarded philanthropist and billionaire Bill Gates the Commander Of The Federal Republic national award in honour of his efforts in fighting Polio in Nigeria.
Gates is chairman of Bill and Melinda Gates foundation which has been at the forefront of eradicating polio in Nigeria, which has the world’s third largest recorded cases of the condition.
President Jonathan said, “Apart from supporting us in the fight against Polio and provision of life saving commodities he (Gates) is also assisting us in agriculture.”
“As the President and Commander-in-Chief I hereby confer on Bill Gates, one of our prestigious titles, the Commander of the Federal Republic. His decoration will come up during the award ceremony in December.”
Nigeria’s fight against Polio has been a complicated one with some of the challenges being convincing locals to allow medics access to treat children and give vaccines to prevent the condition in Nigeria’s northern rural areas where the disease is most prevalent.